Burma’s bicameral parliament today unanimously approved a bill to establish “a Union based on the principles of democracy and federalism”.
“Only if we are all united, our country will be at peace. Only if our country is at peace, will we be able to stand on equal footing with other countries in our region and across the world.”
In a democracy, power sharing should flow upwards from the people, not downwards from the elite — and Burmese federalism should reflect this fact.
Mahn Win Khaing, who was elected into the role of upper house speaker, will also serve as the chair of Burma’s bicameral union parliament.
The vice chairman of the Arakan Liberation Party has called for ethnic unity, the day after three key rebel militias threatened to quit the NCCT.
The Union Peace-Making Work Committee decline to to sign an agreement on forming a federal union, saying the ethnic parties have yet to establish ‘mutual ground’ among themselves.